Starring: Virat Karrna, Pragathi Srivasthava, Rao Ramesh, Naren, Naga Babu, Anasuya, Tanikella Bharani, Rajeev Kanakala, Eeshwari Rao, Brigada Saga
Director: Srikanth Addala
Producer: Miryala Ravinder Reddy
Music Director: Mickey J. Meyer
Cinematographer: Chota K. Naidu
Editor: Marthand K. Venkatesh
Release Date : September 29, 2023
Peddha Kapu 1 is a film that has caught the attention of many. The action drama directed by Srikanth Addala has hit the screens today. Read our review to find out if the film has any juice in it or not.
Peddha Kapu 1″ unfolds its story in the 1980s within a quaint village nestled in the Godavari region. The protagonist, Peddha Kapu portrayed by Virat Karna, hails from a marginalized community, while the village is ensnared by the dominance of two powerful landlords, Atya Rangayya (Rao Ramesh) and Bhaiyanna (Aadukalam Naren). However, a seismic shift occurred with the emergence of NTR’s political party, igniting caste-based conflicts. The film chronicles the journey of an ordinary man from an oppressed community as he dares to challenge these formidable figures, making a profound statement.
In terms of performances, Rao Ramesh delivers a standout portrayal, arguably one of his finest in recent memory. Anasuya, whose role was highly anticipated, does justice to it, although her character could have been further elevated for a more substantial impact. Virat Karna makes his acting debut in “Peddha Kapu,” exuding a commendable screen presence. While he performs capably in his role, his portrayal of emotional scenes reveals a touch of inexperience. Eswari Rao and Rajeev Kanakala deliver stellar performances, while Pragati Srivastava adeptly portrays her character.
slow second half
The dialogue “Meeku Ante Vunte, Maaku Entha Vandali” succinctly encapsulates the essence of Peddha Kapu. The first half teems with promise, offering an intense experience, highlighted by a spine-tingling interval scene that leaves the audience exhilarated.
The director heavily relies on cinematography and technical elements, such as the background music, to narrate the film. In “Pedda Kapu,” Srikanth Addala boldly embraces daring and audacious content, opting for a raw and rustic storytelling approach.
Moreover, the director pushes boundaries to an extreme, incorporating an abundance of violence, including graphic scenes of decapitation, signaling a bold departure from his previous work. However, the film experiences a noticeable decline in the second half, where the narrative becomes predictable and fails to introduce fresh elements.
The film’s storytelling foundation feels shaky, and the desired impact remains elusive by the conclusion. To sum it up, Peddha Kapu 1 boasts an impressive canvas, a star-studded cast, and compelling performances. But sadly, the film succumbs to a formulaic narrative in the latter half. It is recommended for those who appreciate raw and rustic dramas.
Bottom Line- Intense but predictable